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October 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm #304267
Netflix Orders Series From ‘Damages’ Creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman & Glenn Kessler And Sony Pictures TV
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT
EXCLUSIVE: Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler are heading to Netflix for their return to television. The streaming giant has given a 13-episode order to an untitled psychological thriller drama, which is produced by Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind Damages. Written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and
Zelman in their followup to the acclaimed FX/DirecTV legal thriller starring Glenn Close, the new series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. “We’ve always wanted to put our spin on a family saga and examine universal themes of family in a way that has never been seen before on television,” the writers said. “The series is a tightly wound thriller that explores the complex bonds between parents and children, brothers and sisters, and the rivalries, jealousies, and betrayals at the core of every family.” The series is set to begin production in early 2014. “We were spellbound after hearing Todd, Glenn and Daniel’s pitch, and knew Netflix was the perfect home for this suspenseful family drama that is going to have viewers on the edge of their seats,” said Cindy Holland, VP of original content for Netflix. “Their work on Damages was truly ahead of its time.” This marks the latest original series for Netflix, which has only been a player in the arena for the past year. It joins David Fincher/Kevin Spacey’s House Of Cards, Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove and Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is The New Black, all going into second seasons, Wachowskis’ recently ordered Sense8 and acquisitions Lilyhammer and Derek. “We are absolutely thrilled to be creating an original series for Netflix — a company committed to cutting-edge storytelling in a vibrant, new space,” the Kesslers and Zelman said. “We’re equally excited about our relationship with Sony Pictures TV, which continues to provide us with unwavering creative support.”
The deal for the project between Netflix and Sony TV, which took months to close, is breaking new ground as the first one on a new series between the streaming company and a major Hollywood studio, which required the creation of templates for auxiliary revenues, backend and all other elements of a traditional network agreement. 20th TV had such deals already in place from before when it revived Arrested Development for Netflix, which first started working with established studios through the Lionsgate TV-produced Orange Is The New Black. “The guys worked so hard to come up with the right idea after the success of Damages,” said SPT president of programming and production Jamie Erlicht. “It took almost a year to fully develop the pitch and their patience paid off with the incredible reaction in the community, especially at Netflix, the perfect home for this show.” Todd A. Kessler and Glenn Kessler began their careers as playwrights and worked together on CBS’ Robbery Homicide Division. Todd A. Kessler also worked on HBO’s The Sopranos and NBC’s Providence. Zelman’s first collaboration with the Kesslers was on The Inside, a series the brothers created for Fox. The trio is with CAA.October 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm #304269
Ah! I’ll eat this up. I wonder who they’ll cast.
I would’ve liked to have seen Susan Sarandon as the matriach, but now she has that meh sounding NBC comedy.October 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm #304270
Meh, Damages was ridiculous.October 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm #304271
Loved seasons 1-3 of Damages. Their new venture will get my eyes.October 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm #304272
No more flashbacks and flashforwards, please.
Damages’ plot was messy most of the time, but it had lots of good characters. So I hope this is a character-driven show with a great cast.October 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm #304273
Oh good, more overplot and overwrought twists with bad dialogue.October 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm #304274
I usually don’t say things like this, but I really think damages would have been much stronger as a procedural than to have these long, drawn out, and often confusing season long stories.
That said, can’t fault the performances on that show.October 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm #304275
Sure I’m in the minority, but I thought Damages was fabulous throughout its entire run. Excited to see what they have in store.October 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm #304276
I remember Damages coming out around the same time Michael Clayton had come out and at the time, through a haze of drugs, deciding they took too long to tell a very recent and similar story. But the show grew on my after a while so I am willing to see what they have in store.October 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm #304277
Why does this have to be on Netflix? Whatever.
“Damages” was excellent, so I’ll look forward to seeing what this ends up being . . . eventually.October 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm #304278
I adored “Damages,” even after the network swap. I look forward to this project.October 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm #304279
Loved Damages, but wasn’t crazy about the show’s format. Hopefully they abandon the flash-forward/non-linear BS.
They have big shoes to fill when it comes to creating the lead female, since their Patty Hewes was such a brilliant character and one of my favorites in recent television. It was such a perfect combination of character and actress.
They will also need a supremely talented actress to play her. Who would shine playing an evil, cunning matriarch? Diane Keaton? Julianne Moore?October 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm #304280
Who would shine playing an evil, cunning matriarch? Diane Keaton? Julianne Moore?
Faye DunawayOctober 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm #304281
I’m in for that, in it’s first season, Damages was an excellent show.December 3, 2013 at 12:58 am #304282
This sounds fantastic. I would offer any ladies up in my signature to take this role on, if they’re not already being courted by Ryan Murphy after Jessica Lange’s departure … I really think Dunaway has ONE more tour de force role in her future, if the right person/script (like this) came her way. She would more than likely need to take over the grandmother/great grandmother role (if her ego would allow) while offering up another lady to play the matriarch. I hope “Master Class” won’t be the last thing she does. I don’t know if I necessarily see Diane Keaton in this described role, and i’m shocked to hear Sarandon is going to be doing an NBC comedy. However this pans out, i’m adding this to my notifications, for this is something quite exciting to look forward to.